Derrick Pouliot, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 194

Born: 1994-01-16

Hometown: Weyburn, Saskatchewan

Draft: 8th overall by Pittsburgh in 2012









March 2015 – When they promoted forward Andrew Ebbett (tied for the scoring lead on the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins), Pittsburgh sent defenseman Pouliot the other way. In 26 NHL games this season, Pouliot has only two goals and three assists, although both goals intriguingly were game-winners. A minus-two rating, four PIMs and a lone power-play point are not peripheral stats that will keep you up with the big boys. However, he’s second on his AHL team in scoring among blueliners with 24 points in just 31 games. It’s not as if Pittsburgh has given up on him as a prospect, especially after they dealt fellow young defensemen Simon Depres, Robert Bortuzzo and Philip Samuelsson. In fact, it’s rumoured that Pouliot was demoted to keep Pittsburgh under the cap when Evgeni Malkin was hurt and Ebbett promoted. Mark Allan


January 2015 – Pittsburgh’s top prospect was returned Jan. 12 to the AHL after injured D-Men Kris Letang, Paul Martin and Christian Ehrhoff returned to the Pittsburgh lineup. Pouliot notched his first NHL goal in his debut Dec. 20. Totalling a goal and two helpers in seven NHL games, the immensely skilled 20-year-old leads the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in assists (13) and points (20) in 23 games, and was named to the Eastern Conference roster for the 2015 AHL all-star game. The 2013-14 CHL and WHL defenseman of the Year will continue to refine his overall game while awaiting another NHL callup. Mark Allan


December 2014 – Pittsburgh’s top prospect, 20th overall in the NHL, has at least temporarily earned an NHL roster spot. He stayed up when fellow blueliner Brian Dumoulin was demoted to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. The 20-year-old Pouliot is graced with exceptional mobility, coupled with an elite hockey IQ and vision, plus a cannon point shot. Called up earlier in the day, he demonstrated his gifts with a goal in his first NHL game, a 3-1 win Dec. 20 over Florida. The rookie went to open ice at the right faceoff dot, took a pass from Steve Downie and wristed the eventual winning goal, beating Roberto Luongo under the crossbar. Pouliot is a known commodity to Pittsburgh head coach Mike Johnston, who coached him in the WHL. Even after playing in the NHL for four games, Pouliot still leads the Penguins’ AHL affiliate in scoring. Mark Allan


December 2014 – A rebound off a redirect by Pouliot was potted Dec. 14 at 3:10 of overtime by Adam Payerl in a 3-2 AHL victory for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins over the Hershey Bears. Pouliot, Pittsburgh’s top-ranked prospect, leads all AHL rookies and defensemen with 13 points, including four goals, on the power play. Mark Allan



December 2014 – Although tied for second in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scoring with 13 points in 16 games, the skilled rearguard was minus-three and was bypassed when Pittsburgh promoted Brian Dumoulin in the wake of an injury to Kris Letang and a suspension to Robert Bortuzzo. In his first AHL season, Pouliot registered points in the first nine home games he played in and is tied for the longest home point streak in the league this season. He continues to work on his defensive positioning, but if Pittsburgh needs offense from the back end, Pouliot is tied for the AHL lead with 10 points on the power play. Pouliot would make an attractive trade chip if GM Jim Rutherford deals for a skilled winger, although the Pens might still be grooming him to be an eventual replacement for Letang. Mark Allan


November 2014 - The mobile young blueliner’s seven-game point streak (two goals and seven assists) ended Nov. 16 in Hershey. His run was the fifth-longest in the AHL this season. Mark Allan


November 2014 - Playing himself back into shape after off-season shoulder surgery, the mobile blueliner is maintaining a point-per-game clip with the AHL’s Penguins. After missing the first four games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he compiled two goals and six assists in his first eight games of the season. He scored on a blast from the point in a 5-4 win over the Syracuse Crunch as the Penguins had a three-win weekend, solidifying first place in the East Division. Mark Allan


October 2014 - Pittsburgh’s top blueline prospect scored his first career pro goal October 26th for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 win over the Binghamton Senators. Playing himself back into shape after off-season shoulder surgery, the mobile and offensively gifted blueliner drove in a point shot on a power play. While he missed the first four games with the AHL’s Penguins, Pouliot had a goal and two assists in four subsequent games. Olli Maatta’s misfortune might be an opening for Pouliot with the big club. Although Maatta will play right up to surgery next week to remove a possibly cancerous thyroid tumor from his throat, Maatta will not be able to play for three to four weeks. In another week, Pouliot might have a chance to show what he can do in the NHL. Mark Allan 


October 2014 - Pittsburgh’s prized blueline prospect will begin his 2014-15 season in the AHL once he recovers from off-season shoulder surgery. The initial prognosis in May was a four- to six-month absence, and a return date remains unclear but he is skating with the team in a no-contact jersey. Mark Allan

May 2014 - Derrick Pouliot has had shoulder labral repair surgery, and will be out 4-6 months. This is major news and could have an impact on next season. Depending on how well he recovers, it is doubtful now that he starts 2014-2015 on the Penguins NHL roster. Seth Brisendine


April, 2014 - Derrick Pouliot has been named the WHL's Defenseman of the Year. He finished the regular season with 70 points in 58 games. He has expanded on those great point totals with an even better playoff total, 26 points in only 14 games. He has truly broken out this season, and is trying to guide the Winterhawks to a second consecutive WHL title. Seth Brisendine




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Fantasy Outlook: A
He is a little undersized at his position but given his array of offensive skills and knack for posting decent penalty totals, he has significant fantasy upside.


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